DomPost slips up
By Roger Childs
Editorials are always opinion pieces, but they relate to actual events, issues and developments. FOODS FOR THOUGHT are KIN’s editorials and we work hard to get the facts right before tossing our views, analysis and interpretation at the readers.
Today the DomPost based its editorial on the topic of how the new government is handling the issue of our military involvement in Iraq. The heading was Questions about Iraq.
Legitimate points were raised on whether our role had gone beyond that of training Iraqi troops.
Unfortunately the editor strayed into another continent when commenting The other urgent Iraqi issue (our underlining) for the new Government is whether it will stick with former Labour leader Andrew Little’s statement in April last year that an independent inquiry was needed into allegations in the book “Hit and Run” by Jon Stephenson and Nicky Hager.
It was Afghanistan!
The DomPost editorial compounded its mistake by going on to say A full public and independent investigation is vital in order to answer grave questions about the Iraq mission. The book said innocent civilians died during a New Zealand raid and that the military had not told the truth.
The editorial talked about Iraq throughout its 13 paragraphs. Afghanistan was never mentioned. Obviously a few people slipped up!
What’s the reality about Hit and Run? Radio New Zealand got it right on Monday.
The book, by investigative journalists Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson, alleged six civilians were killed and 15 injured in a raid on two Afghan villages (our underlining) in 2010 by New Zealand’s elite soldiers and that the Defence Force subsequently covered that up. RNZ 12 February 2018
Readers would agree about having an inquiry, but it would need to centre on a raid in Afghanistan, not Iraq.